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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, December 26, 1943
Bombing Attack near New Britain
While providing support for the landings on Cape Gloucester, New Britain, two bombs from Japanese dive bomber struck Brownson on the ship’s centerline near the #2 stack ... Almost immediately after the bomb hit, a tremendous explosion occurred within the ship leveling the entire superstructure. The ship listed 10-15º settled rapidly amidships with bow and stern canted upward. Brownson sank 17 minutes after the bomb hit. The ship lost 108 of her crew I the incident. The survivors were rescued by friendly forces.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 106

Namesort descending Service Branch
RM 3c Thomas Delano USN
Sea 1c Enrico Deluicio USN
GM 3c George Donahue USN
EM 3c Richard Dougherty USN
TM 3c Orion Downs USN
Sea 2c James Dunn USN
SOM 3c Alfred Dusak USN
RM 3c Wallace Edwardson USN
Sea 1c Joseph Fennie USN
F 2c Bennie Foss USN
CRM Linton Foster USN
Bkr 2c Clyde Foster USN
MM 3c Charles Frank USN
WT 1c Joseph Fuci USN
Sea 2c Grady Gamble USN
MM 1c James Gibson USN
CMM John Gifford USN
Sea 2c Leonard Gifford USN
SOM 3c George Grossman USN
MM 1c Grover Hamblin USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)